DS House | Studio Arthur Casas

Description by Studio Arthur Casas:

This project is a large renovation of a house designed in the eighties by Italian-Brazilian architect Ugo di Pace. The client, whose grown-up children left the family home, aimed for functionality and further integration between spaces now inhabited only by a couple. The volume of the house occupied almost the entire surface of the narrow and deep plot. It was characterized by the robustness of the structure, with few openings, highlighted by cylindrical concrete columns in the front and the rear façades, containing pillars and hydraulic installations.

Small gestures brought fluidity to the architecture, such as enlarging the openings to let in the sunlight and create views towards the gardens. With an intense social life, the client paid special attention to the redesign of common areas for hosting parties. The ground floor is divided between a block on the street side, holding the garage, kitchen and service areas, and another one where the living room and qdining room are oriented towards the backyard.

The main entrance is made through a corridor that runs along on of the sides of the plot. The swimming pool was enlarged to have a section transformed into a 20m swimming rink that suggests continuity between this corridor and the backyard. A circular skylight was created in front of the entrance door, upon entering the house one sees a massive piece of millwork that seems to float due to its cantilevered structure. It forms an axis that distributes the accesses to the living room, dining room, pantry and kitchen.

Openings were enlarged and glass doors were added to bring within the house the atmosphere created by the vertical gardens that occupy the perimeter of the plot. A pergola protects a space for outdoor meals, next to the wooden deck in front of the swimming pool made out of travertine marble. A bench inside the pool extends along one of its sides, concealing the lighting. In the living room, the cylindrical column holds a hearth whereas the dark Brazilian teak staircase was kept from the original project, contrasting with the light tones of the interior design.

The home theater in the first floor is continuous to the double height ceiling of the living room with a photo selection of Sebastião Salgado. A fitness room, constantly used by the clients, also functions as a corridor that gives access to the master suite, with a large skylight dominating the space. Two separate closets and bathrooms were crated for the couple and a guestroom that opens to a small courtyard was renovated. All the enclosed spaces receive natural light from solar tubes.

The façade was divided into two horizontal sections, one with the expanded openings in the ground floor and another made with a wooden moucharabieh that encases the first floor. The structural cylinders are tangent to these panels, creating waves that soften the preexisting volume. The materials employed were travertine marble in the ground floor and American oak in the private areas flooring and millwork. This renovation creates a refreshing atmosphere for a house occupied by the clients for decades. Functional and simple, the project updates usages and establishes a blur between inside and outside, blending small landscapes that bring natural light, greenery and fluidity to the architecture.

Design Office: Studio Arthur Casas

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Ricardo Labougle

Germanier House | Savioz Fabrizzi Architecte

Description by Savioz Fabrizzi Architecte:

Vétroz, in the heart of the valais, boasts 170 hectares of vineyards. maison germanier, which dates from 1850, was originally the home of a wine grower and stands on a beautifully sunny, sloping site among the vines of the “pays de l’amigne”. the present owner of the building wanted to have it renovated.

The house consists of a substructure in rubble masonry, with a timber structure above. the stone part traditionally accommodated the premises associated with the land (wine cellar, stores for tools, foodstuffs, etc.), while the wooden part was the ideal envelope for the living spaces. the elements of the new project were designed with this traditional division of the building in mind. the daytime-use areas are in the upper part of the building and the bedrooms are on the intermediate level.

The varied nature of the structural materials is a particular feature of this building. thus, the rubble façades have had the render removed and the timbers are retained. the house is fully insulated inside, with mineral materials in the stone part (cement-bonded particle board, cement screed) and organic materials in the wooden part (larch panelling and original floor).

Design Office: Savioz Fabrizzi Architecte

Location: Vétroz, Switzerland

Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Loft in Bratislava | gutgut

Design Office: gutgut

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Photographs: Peter Čintalan

Renovated House | Ruinelli Associati Architetti

Design Office: Ruinelli Associati Architetti

Location: Switzerland

Photographs: Ralph Feiner

 

Austin House | Smart Design Studio

 

Description by Smart Design Studio:

…New, beautifully proportioned and articulated rectangular openings are located within the original openings of the concrete beam and column façade. To give scale and gravitas to the building, these new hand-painted steel windows span over two levels and present as double storey windows. Though they appear bold and simple on first glance, a closer inspection reveals a window within a window with recessed bi-folding on the upper part and flush double-hung on the lower part, allowing the commercial space open up to the street and public domain. We’ve retained the original company name on the building Brackenbury and Austin. Originally a warehouse for a timber yard and the manufacture of Lathes the business ceased producing equipment in the late 1950’s and the building has had a very varied life from then until this recent transformation.
The apartments are simple, beautiful and light filled. Working within a wedge-shaped context has meant that each apartment is different from one another, although the material palette is consistent. The all-white, exquisitely detailed, interiors with grey floors are accented with full-gloss rust joinery. The focus of each apartment is the central pod that incorporates the kitchen, laundry, study and general storage.
The penthouse apartment, with large rooms, a stair void, and a saw-tooth roof with a generous cantilever is a very special interior space with sweeping views over Surry Hills. The penthouse has a generous balcony running the length of the front and side of the building and the roof area covers this balcony offering protection from the harsher weather elements and creating more entertaining and outdoor living areas.
The Smart Design Studio principles of apartment planning, where utilitarian elements are concealed and reliance on doors is minimised are adopted. This, along with careful consideration for circulation and flow, creates elegant apartments that feel easy to live with.The building has been designed with an ESD focus and features include: All spaces naturally ventilated using either a light well or roof skylights. Performance glass, concealed spandrels and external roller blinds. Rain water collection and reuse for flushing toilets and watering plants. Energy and water efficient fixtures and solar hot water to all the apartments, and through maximizing the reuse of the existing building.
The ground floor commercial area is a split level floor with an abundance of light and was originally conceived as a restaurant space though it is now utilised as a successful retail store. The forms and details employed within this space reinforce the architecture of this building, its chunky warehouse character, through exposed concrete beams and slabs, complemented by refined forms, refined details and unusual combinations of materials.
If you look closely, you’ll see that each of the seven small windows has a slightly different location relative to the grid of larger windows, as illustrated in the diagram above. This “eclipse” effect was conceived as a subtle art based façade, revealing itself only with careful study or over time, say to someone that passed it every day.
The rust red compliments the Hot Chile render, similar to the original colour of the building, and provides it with a distinct identity that compliments the bohemian character of Surry Hills.

Design Office: Smart Design Studio

Location: Surry Hills, Australia

 

House in Australia | Canny Architecture

Design Office: Canny Architecture

Location: Flinders, Australia

Penthouse in London | AMOS and AMOS

Design Office: AMOS and AMOS

Location: London, UK

 

Industrial Apartment | Union Studio

Design Studio: Union Studio

Location: California, Usa

Galerie Andersen | Dinesen

The old Berlin Brewery is bubbling with art and design.

 

Description by Dinesen:

In the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood in former East Berlin, Mikael Andersen found a building from the 1800s, which previously contained a brewery. Only after extensive renovation he was able to open the doors to this 250-square-metre art venue with works by recognised artists from around the world. Above the gallery is Mikael Andersen’s own flat, which clearly reflects the owner’s profound passion for art and design as well as his Danish background. The interior revolves around Scandinavian design. Old classics as well as new designs adorn the home. The flat has wide Douglas planks from Dinesen throughout. Along with the general style of the interior design, the light and harmonious flooring with the clean lines form a beautiful and elegant background for the expressive art works that dominate the decor. The art works come from all over the world, although there is a particular emphasis on German, Danish, Japanese and South African art, including a large collection of West German Ceramics from the 1960s.

Design Office: Dinesen

Location: Berlin, Germany

 

 

Apartment in Sofia | Fimera Design Studio

 

Design Office: Fimera Design Studio

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Photographs: Kris Shopov

Trocadero Apartment | Rodolphe Parente

Design Office: Rodolphe Parente

Location: Paris, France

Photographs: Olivier Amsellem

Berlin Apartment | Emmanuel de Bayser

Design Office: Emmanuel de Bayser

Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographs: Manolo Yllera

House in Italy | Rocco Valentini Architects

 

Design Office: Rocco Valentini Architects

Location: Chieti, Italy

Photographs: Rocco Valentini

Loft 9b | Dimitar Karanikolov – Veneta Nikolova

 

Description by Dimitar Karanikolov:

After several years living and working in London architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova moved back to Sofia, where they found a small but interesting attic apartment in a newly built development.They spent the next two years reconstructing the place, designing furniture and experimenting with details, and finishes.

A massive dark “cube” occupies the center of the living room, hiding the bathroom (which sits on the top of the building’s elevator shaft). The “cube” is clad in thin (16mm) custom made concrete panels that continue inside as well.

Since the development was set rather too close to the existing higher residential buildings privacy was a major issue. To solve this the entire apartment has been outlined with tall cantilevered aluminium planters – a green aura that surrounds the entire place and makes the terrace appear like a serene courtyard – completely sheltered from the outer world.

A space full with a lot of а carefully crafted details and surprises:
The wardrobe in the bedroom ( designed to look like an old suitcase ) hides a floor level build-in bathtub situated on a second level of the 4.5m space – an area which is used for a guest bedroom / bathing space.
The techniques used to create the wardrobe inspired the start of a new boutique furniture brand – LOFTCASE ( available soon at http://www.loftcase.com)

Air conditioner is concealed in a bespoke made wooden drawer.
Black metal panels encapsulate the ventilation system. Magnet-held Edison bulbs attached to the them, hang above the dining table.

An interior concept aiming at well-balanced hipster modernity garnished with pieces of vintage furniture and accessories.

 

Design Office: Dimitar Karanikolov – Veneta Nikolova

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Photographs: Minko Minev – Georgi Petev – Dimitar Karanikolov

The 20 Most Popupar Projects of 2015

 

  1. Polanco Penthouse | Gantous Arquitectos

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2. Modern House in Kiev | Yakusha Design

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3. Inspiring Loft | Martin Architects

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4. Modern Apartment | Manousos Leontarakis & Associates

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5. Minimalist Loft | Oliver Interior Design

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6. Vacation home on Mt. Parnassos, Greece | Karelis Architects

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7. R-house | Tamizo architects

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8. Beverly Hills Golden Age | Maxime Jacquet

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9. Penthouse in New York | ODA Architecture

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10. Apartment in Russia | Allarts-Design

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11. Casa AA | Parque Humano

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12. Vila Leopoldina Loft | Diego Revollo

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13. Madison House | XTEN Architecture

12.xten-architecture-sightline1914. Bellarine Peninsula House | Inarc Architects

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15. Bohemian Apartment | Incorporated Architecture & Design

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16. Tribeca Loft | Fearon Hay Architects

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17. Modern Apartment | Castroferro Arquitectos

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18. Nude Coffee & Wine Bar | FORM Bureau

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19. Residence in Syros Island | Block722

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20. Grillagh Water House | Patrick Bradley Architects

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Tahoe Retreat | Antonio Μartins Interior Design

Description by Antonio Martins:

A bachelor client, for whom we have worked with on two urban residential projects, hired us to create a fun and hip ski retreat in Tahoe.

A floor-to-ceiling cold-rolled steel fireplace, highlighted by artist Jihoon Choi’s “Pixel Deer”, dominates the principal room. Floor-to-ceiling stacked wood adjacent to the fireplace becomes a design element and hides the entertainment center. The seating area consists of a large leather sectional and a pair of 1960s swivel chairs by Thonet purchased by the client in Miami. Photography by Sharon Montrose and a mixed-media collage on a wood door created by Tim Weldon add a touch of whimsy. The dining area has a 7-foot recycled wood square table surrounded by classic Cassina Cab armchairs, able to accommodate up to 16 guests.

The powder room features a live-edge floating shelf, a mirror Designed by Jacques Adnet and custom Union Square wallpaper by Crezana. The corridor leading to the bedrooms showcases 19th century albumen photographs of the Tahoe region.

Each of five bedrooms was given its own personality: the burlap bedroom; the log bedroom; the gray bedroom; the antler bedroom; and the master, with a circular metal hanging chair overlooking the unobstructed view of the mountains. A large vintage “hotel” neon sign in the master bathroom adds nostalgia to the space.

The perfect mountain retreat: a casual and inviting house to welcome the owner’s many guests.

Design Office: Antonio Martins Interior Design

Location: Tahoe City, Usa

Contemporary House | Jamison Architects

Description by Jamison Architects:

Quite often it is the most challenging projects that result in the most amazing architectural responses. This renovation project was like no other, fraught with a list of site and building constraints, the transformation of this home is quite remarkable and the clients agree; they could not be happier.

The clients had a strong brief and were very involved in the design and construction of the project from concept right through to interior and exterior selections and the finishing touches, making it very personal.

The home was the upper duplex of an original early 80’s duplex building, practically pinned to the side of the steep hill, the site drops away from beneath it. In essence the brief was to open up the living spaces to the incredible view that had been restricted by a low roof and small windows and add a second storey with master suite and outside entertainment area so that their fantastic location could be aptly enjoyed.

Site access was difficult and the logistics of fire separation, town planning requirements and structural challenges with adding the additional storey provided a myriad of design and construction challenges. The result has been well worth the effort and the new home is a testament to everyone working together to achieve the greater goal.
The new double height living area and expansive northern window opening up views to the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline is nothing short of impressive. Articulated with thoughtful glazing solutions and veiled in decorative screening for both sun control and privacy the façade can be adapted to suit the clients requirements. The placement of new windows and the use of solid operable louvres strengthened the connection to the green environment whilst still maintaining privacy from neighbours.

The new master suite is expansive and luxurious including a bedroom, lounge retreat, joinery, ensuite and walk in robe. It can be opened to connect with the covered entertainment terrace and lounge retreat or screened off for privacy creating a very versatile and usable space.

This project was about the client having a dream and the architectural design being able to create the feeling and spaces to make the dream come true and facilitate the lifestyle they wished to enjoy.

 

Design Office: Jamison Architects

Location: Queensland, Australia

Photographs: Remco Photography

Apartment in Thessaloniki, Greece | Nimand Architects

Design Office: Nimand Architects

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

 

NPL. Penthouse | Olga Akulova Design

Description by Olga Akulova Design:

  Completely new 30th level house, in the condominium «Novopecherskie Lipki», has a few Penthouses about 150m2-250m2 (1,614ft2-2,691ft2) each. One of them became an investment property for my client. Young man who used to live in Spain and lives partly in Latvia, has got an idea to create this space as a perfect area for himself and for party time with his few friends.
Detached concrete ceiling and the glass wall – windows, were from the very beginning of the Project brief.
Another key aspect of the brief was to build an interior without client control, as he had not much time. The client asked me to organize an open space area with natural materials and a “Clever House” system, which can control the temperature, security system, lighting and television. Natural materials with oak/elm-tree structure were used on the walls and kitchen island. Minacciolo / Natural Skin Kitchen was agreed with the first steps of the Project.
For the island top we used sheet metal matching the colour to the concrete ceiling and framework columns. The interior was developed with huge windows, which provided amazing views of the City, Dnieper River and Sky.
The enormous sheet slide glass and wooden doors in the bedroom were maneuvered through an opening to connect bedroom the to the guest-room. The drapery “Designers Guild” with a “Black Out” function, along the sliding glass door, shuts sun light from outside is controlled by the “Clever House” system program on IPad. A monolithic white rectangle in the middle of the guestroom separating the living room and the wardrobe area contains the open wooden Fireplace “Waco and Co” and a hidden television, while part of the wardrobe utilities are concealed inside this long shape on the opposite site of the television area.
The bathroom area is separated from bedroom by a glass sliding door that allows the view from the bedroom and cabinet to the garden on the bathroom wall. Lighting and watering are switched on automatically from the laundry.
A white metal structure in the front of the wall plants, elongate the bathroom area and consist of a table with a black long ceramic sink and step to the wooden bath “Agape”

Design Office: Olga Akulova Design

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Ten Broeck Cottage | Messana O’Rorke

 

Description by Messana O’Rorke:

The project started with the purchase of a much-neglected Eighteen Century homestead in an apple orchard located in Columbia county, NY. The earliest record date for the house is 1734, however, many years of use and renovation have made the actual date unclear. Fabricated in huge hard hewn timbers the basic frame and form of the house conforms to the bentframe consistent with Dutch settlers of that time. This, some wide board flooring and a miraculously preserved wattle and doub wall in  the field stone basement are about all that remained of the original house.

The brief was to develop a modern house within the existing frame and extend the house to provide additional accommodation. No restrictions were placed on the design except to respect the form of the original Dutch house. The Spartan living conditions of the early setters and the simple clean lines of their architecture were inspiration to formulate a minimal design solution.

The design for he house developed organically; stripping back various additions and removing interior partitions from previous renovations revealed a classic house form, emulating a child perception of a house replete with four windows, a door , and sloped roof with a chimney on top. The architects initial investigations for the addition were to produce a design sympathetic to the traditional style, but then the solutions felt so weak and uncomplimentary to the simplicity of the original form that a new approach was developed.

Trailer homes are a common site in rural Columbia County and while their aesthetic is generally of the lowest order there is something compelling about their simple rectilinear form; this became the conceptual catalyst for the addition.

It was impossible to determine what the original external appearance of the house was, so it was decided to respect its existing fenestration, which was probably initiated in the Nineteenth Century. The oldest surviving six over six sash window was removed and used as a template for the replacement of all the other windows, which together with new wide board cedar siding and roof shingles gave the original cottage on eternal image consistent with its Eighteenth Century origins. The addition rectilinear form is separated from the house by a continuous glass gasket, window are replaced by glass planes and the exterior walls are clad in Car Ten steel, which will rust to a point where they compliment the cedar siding of the house.

The house was planed with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and a living room and dining room downstairs separated by a through wall fireplace. The additions contains the Kitchen, guest bedroom and shower room on the ground floor and an exercise room, sauna and steam room in the cellar. The cellar has a large glass door that looks out over the lawn to the orchard. Internally the house only surviving finish was about a third of its original wide board floor, which were beautiful 1 1/2 inch thick 16-foot long boards of white pine some widths of which exceeded 24 inches. A search around wood salvage yards and investigations of contemporary alternatives produced nothing.

Then out of the blue fourteen hundreds square feet of 18th century wide board flooring appeared at a local antique shop, having been salvaged from a house demolished twenty years ago and then left to gather dust in someone barn. The wood was procured and installed in the house. The floors of the addition by contrast are finished in limestone, which was also used for the hearth of the central fireplace in the house. Other interior finishes were shared throughout the house, plaster, exposed oiled wood, and stainless steels.

The juxtaposition of the classes “house” form with the unapologetically rectilinear form of the addition gives a clear representation of each without confusing the origin of each.

Design Office: Messana O’Rorke

Location: Columbia County, New York, Usa